Russell Helms 3D “Arabian Nights”

Chuck Russell (“The Scorpion King,” “Eraser,” “The Blob”) is set to direct a $70 million 3D adaptation of the classic “Arabian Nights” tales for Inferno Entertainment says Variety.

The story in this new action adventure take follows a young commander who, after his king is killed in a palace coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to rescue Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers.

Russell and Barry P. Ambrose co-wrote the script. Bill Johnson, Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Will Ward will produce. Filming begins in April.